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Navigating Calm amidst Chaos: A Guide for Employees and Managers

By Amy Ouzoonian

Serenity is as allusive as Friday, we know, but in the midst of the current events, I'm unplugging from social media as much as possible and trying my best to hold on to everything that is attached to peace and wellbeing. From personal challenges at home to professional hurdles at work and the larger political unrest echoing globally, these distractions can sometimes feel insurmountable. However, with the right mindset and approach, we can anchor ourselves and remain calm, collected, and focused. Here are a few things that are working over here at MoodConnect that might help you in your business:

1. Acceptance Over Resistance:

The first step in handling any challenge is acceptance. While we might not agree with or appreciate the situation we're in, accepting its presence can be freeing. This doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that what we resist persists. By acknowledging the challenge, we can strategize our next steps.

2. Establish Clear Boundaries:

Whether it's creating a dedicated workspace at home or setting specific 'no-work' hours, boundaries help separate our personal and professional lives. This separation ensures that challenges in one domain don’t spill over into the other.

3. Prioritize Self-Care:

In tumultuous times, self-care becomes even more essential. Whether it's a short meditation, a brisk walk, or simply reading a book, these small acts can help clear our minds and keep us grounded.

4. Open Communication:

Managers should encourage an open line of communication. Knowing that they can share their concerns without judgment can make employees feel supported. Remember, it's crucial to be a beacon of stability in uncertain times.

5. Stay Informed but Not Overwhelmed:

With the political climate being as dynamic as it is, it's essential to stay informed. However, there's a fine line between being aware and getting overwhelmed. Choose reliable news sources and set specific times in the day to catch up rather than being constantly plugged in.

6. Foster Team Unity:

When the external environment is chaotic, having a cohesive team becomes crucial. Organize virtual team-building activities or simple catch-up sessions. A united team can weather many storms.

7. Focus on What You Can Control:

In situations of unrest, many things might be out of our control. Instead of dwelling on them, focus on actions you can take. This shift in focus can bring clarity and a sense of purpose.

8. Continuous Learning:

Challenges bring opportunities. Invest in upskilling, which not only diverts the mind from negative stimuli but also prepares us for future challenges. Don't fear new technologies. Instead, be as curious as possible about them, so that you can learn how to be more valued in your knowledge around them.

While the world around us might be in flux, our internal compass need not waver. By integrating these strategies into our daily routines, we can ensure that we remain not just productive, but also mentally and emotionally balanced. Remember, as the saying goes, "This too shall pass." Strong companies weather the storm. By facing these challenges head-on, we're building resilience, strength, and a more profound sense of purpose.

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